Cerebral palsy is a neurological condition that primarily affects muscles and movement. There are many ways in which this manifests, from spastic movements to hearing loss to an inability to walk. Among the many issues that people with CP face is trouble sleeping. Children especially struggle to sleep well or enough because of CP.
The usual culprits for trouble sleeping in children with CP are things like seizures, muscle spasms, pain, difficulty breathing, or gastrointestinal upset. Studies show that as many as half of all children with diagnosed CP suffer with a sleep disorder. As a parent it is tough to watch a child suffer with the added discomfort of being unable to sleep, but there are things that can be done for a child with CP to make sleep easier and more restful.
Cerebral Palsy and Sleep Disorders
There are many ways in which CP can prevent a child from sleeping. In many cases the issue is severe enough that the child’s doctor can actually diagnose a sleeping disorder. For instance many children with CP suffer from sleep apnea. This condition is characterized by stopping and starting breathing throughout the night while asleep. It is a dangerous condition and is often accompanied by snoring.